The Ford Motor Company and US Congressman John Dingell and the Wayne County Airport Authority announced in March the delivery of two hydrogen-fuelled Ford E-450 shuttle buses, to be used for transporting airline passengers between terminals at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW).
The delivery is the result of a partnership involving Ford, the Wayne County Airport Authority and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), funded with a Department of Energy grant and a sign of the desire to reduce CO2 emissions.
Ziad Ojakli, Ford Group Vice president, Government and Community Relations, commented, “These buses represent part of Ford Motor Company's strategy to deliver transportation solutions that emit less CO2 and reduce our dependence on oil.”
“We are pleased to partner with the State of Michigan and Wayne County to place these buses into service so that locals and visitors alike will be able to experience this unique form of clean transportation. The buses also serve as a visible demonstration of Michigan’s commitment to innovation and sustainable mobility.”
Ford was the first automaker to deliver hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles for real world use in several cities and has delivered buses to Greater Orlando Airport Authority (GOAA), Orlando Convention Central District, and SeaWorld Orlando among others.
The manufacturer’s expertise and dedication in this field is commended as Congressman Dingell said, “I’m so glad that people coming through Detroit Metropolitan Airport will see this fine example of American engineering when they visit. Ford is building some of the finest green vehicles on the road today. The company proves time and time again it is committed to reducing greenhouse gases and producing efficient vehicles.”
Power for the Ford E-450 shuttle buses is provided by a 6.8-liter V-10 internal combustion engine that has been supercharged and modified to run exclusively on hydrogen fuel.